A court in Philadelphia decided that a construction worker who was severely hurt in an accident that occurred on Mar. 22, 2010 was entitled to $2 million. The verdict also awarded the man's wife $250,000 because she had lost marital benefits due to her husband's injury.
The construction accident occurred at a project in Bucks County. Reports said that the man was performing his duties when a cement truck's pump hose began flailing violently. The hose hit him in the head with enough force to throw him off of a 9-foot drop. The man suffered several injuries, including traumatic brain damage, a cerebral concussion and a compression fracture. He also suffered from memory loss, and he later became subject to headaches, fear, stress and anxiety.
The verdict agreed with the man's claim that the companies operating the work site were negligent in their handling of the cement truck. The violent motion of the hose occurred because the contractors failed to keep the device unobstructed and properly maintained, and the plaintiffs also said that the company did not sufficiently offer protection to workers because they failed to provide fall prevention equipment and training. The trial began on Nov. 15 and lasted only seven days.
Construction workers who are injured in accidents may experience long-term disabilities or mental health issues. These individuals may have difficulty working to support their families, and their relationships with their loved ones can suffer as well. Attorneys may be able to assist victims by investigating what caused their accidents so that they can pursue compensation from the liable parties.
Source: Pennsylvania Record, "Injured construction worker and wife awarded $2.25 million following trial at Phila. Court", Jon Campisi, December 05, 2013